An Essay on the Writings and Genius of Shakespear Compared with the Greek and French Dramatic Poets: With Some Remarks Upon the Misrepresentations of Mons. de Voltaire
H. Hughs, 1772 - 288 pages
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... animos demissa per aurem , Quam quŠ sunt oculis subjecta fidelibus , et quŠ
Ipse sibi tradit spectator . 1 The business of the Drama is to excite fymsympathy ,
and its effect on the spectator depends on such 32 On DRAMATIC POETRY .
sympathy , and its effect on the spectator depends on such a justness of imitation
, as Thall cause , to a certain degree , the same passions and affections , as if
what was exhibited was real . We have observed narrative imitation to be too faint
... of the dramatic art , than to open to the spectator the previous incidents , that
were productive of the present circumstances , and the characters of the persons
from whose conduct , in such circumstances , the subsequent events are to flow .
However , still the poor spectator is much in the dark , till the queen , who is a
perfect Machiavel , relates , merely from the love of talking , all the murders she
has committed , and those she still intends to commit , to her waiting - woman , for
Young Hamlet's indignation at his mother's hasty and incestuous marriage , his
sorrow for his father's death , the character he gives of that prince , prepare the
spectator to sympathize with his wrongs and sufferings . The Son , as is natural ...
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The admirers of this Essay may be offended at the slighting manner in which Johnson spoke of it; but let it be remembered, that he gave his honest opinion unbiassed by any prejudice, or any proud ... Read full review